PADI Junior Open Water Diver Students Graduate During the Opening of Mabul World Turtle Day 2013

Mabul World Turtle Day 1Four PADI Junior Open Water students from PADI Dive Centre, Kids Scuba received their PADI Certificates from the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah, YB Datuk Pang Yuk Ming during the official launch of Mabul World Turtle Day 2013.

The Mabul World Turtle Day program held in Mabul Island was in collaboration with Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in conjunction with World Turtle Day 2013 from May 22-24.

The four PADI Junior Open Water Divers – Danial Hafiz, Nur Qamarina, Nur Ainah and Najwa Amni were specially trained in Mabul Island by Syed Abd Rahman, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer from Kids Scuba and his team.  Their training took place three days prior to the Mabul World Turtle Day program so the kids could witness the underwater turtle catching and tagging process for scientific research.
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The program also involved other scuba diver volunteers working to catch, photograph, and measure and tag the resident turtles found in the waters of the renowned island off Semporna, Sabah. Special celebrity guest Dato Seri Michelle Yeoh also assisted in the program with the kids.

Syed Abd Rahman, PADI MSDT and Director of Kids Scuba, explains “The objective of this event – involving the PADI Junior Open Water Divers – is to create public awareness, while enhancing education, research and conservation of the sea turtle population in the waters of Mabul.”

The program was made possible with several partners, namely -Uncle Chang’s Resort, 1Borneo Ballroom Sdn Bhd, Kids Scuba, PADI Asia Pacific, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort and The Borneo Connections Sdn Bhd.
Hafiz and Najwa holding a turtle with Ms Christine Perroud, Event Organiser.
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Project AWARE: Finathon Champion Andrew Barrett is swimming to end finning today!

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Andrew Barrett Finathon Champion Philippines
Finathon Champion Andrew Barrett is swimming to end finning today. He’s raised a FINtastic $900 and is set to swim 7.5km. Show our Calypso Team swimmers your support! Good Luck.

A love of eating pies and protecting sharks has inspired one scuba diver to make a pledge he may regret! If his fundraising target is met he’ll swim 1,500 metres. But for every $10 over the target PADI Master Instructor, Andrew Barrett will swim an extra 100 metres.  This puts Andrew’s Finathon™ challenge firmly in the hands of his friends. The more dollars people donate the more he’ll have to swim so please give generously to protect sharks.

Andrew brings a sense of humour to his fundraising appeal: “Luckily there are no shark fins or shark products in mince pies!  I’m an enormous fan of both sharks and mince pies. Unfortunately the mince pies have expanded my waistline and the Finathon™ is a great way for me to hopefully burn off some of the excess calories and save sharks at the same time. The competition with in Calypso Diving is strong and within my competitive nature there can only be two winners- the SHARKS and ME!”

Good Luck to all the Calypso swimmers on 29 May 2013. Support sharks and donate to the Calypso team or join the Finathon™ and get swimming to end finning.

ScubaEarth Spotlight: Use ScubaEarth to help increase your dive travel bookings!

ScubaEarth is a one-stop website for divers to find out about all things scuba. A large part of ScubaEarth is dedicated to detailed information on dive travel destinations and you can easily utilize this to help promote your dive trips and group travel.

One simple and easy way to promote your trips is to ensure that you regularly post your upcoming trips through your dive shops ‘Announcements’ function. This lets your dive crew know your travel schedule well in advance so that they have enough time to join you. Remember, divers see your last three announcements on every page of ScubaEarth if you are their affiliated store.

scubaearthYou can also wet their appetites by highlighting some of the information in the Featured Destination in your daily posts. Your crew and others can start to get a good idea of the destination essentials, marine life they may encounter, top dives sites and much more. They can also easily share this with their buddies on ScubaEarth, as well as other sites such as Facebook, to help you increase your travel bookings.

Another simple way to utilize ScubaEarth’s Destination Features and 50,000+ dive sites is to engage your crew by asking them which destinations they would like to visit on future dive trips. This is a great way to ensure you are providing the destinations which your divers are craving. You might be surprised by the valuable feedback you can gather including the new travel opportunities and bookings this may present for your dive shop.

Log in to and start updating your ScubaEarth ‘Announcements’ today!

ScubaEarth Site Milestones and Enhancements

ScubaEarthAs you already know or have experienced, having an active presence on ScubaEarth yields many benefits for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, including the ability to help you increase your business.

Since its launch, ScubaEarth has seen many milestones, including more than 2,100,000+ page views. This means users are highly active and engaged on the site. And, since all pages are branded with the PADI dive shop the diver is affiliated with, this provides retailers and resorts with a huge branding presence.

ScubaEarth has also had more than 1,400,000 total minutes spent on the site by users since launch. What does this mean? The average user is spending a high amount of time on ScubaEarth, exploring the various site features. Based on the average page views, site users have high levels of community awareness, which presents an excellent opportunity for PADI Members to engage with and convert these divers.

To help keep site users engaged within the site and make it easier for consumers to find the “scuba snacks” they seek out within this community, the PADI organisation is continually adding new updates and improvements to ScubaEarth. Recent enhancements and refinements include:

Home page redesign – ScubaEarth’s homepage has been redesigned to include an embedded video communicating the value and benefits of ScubaEarth to consumers. This redesign has increased the page load time and aims to help increase conversion.

Advanced search option – This allows site users to easily search and connect with divers and PADI dive shops. The advanced search also includes the ability for users to narrow a search for a specific country, state or province. Site users can find the ‘Advanced Search’ link below the normal search function.

Logging dives
– Logging a dive on ScubaEarth is now faster with improvements to the logging process. If you are looking to log a dive even faster, make sure you hit the ‘finish’ button once you have selected the dive site and completed the five compulsory fields of: date, depth, temperature, visibility and bottom time. This option lets you easily log your dives in under a minute.

Logging in via social media networks
– ScubaEarth users can now log in using their Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn login info. First you must create an account on (divers) or, if you are a PADI Pro, sign in via the link on the Pro’s Site.

Remember, once you have registered for ScubaEarth via the PADI Pros’ Site, you can easily log into ScubaEarth each day via This will ensure you are logged into ScubaEarth instantly.

After account set up is complete, you can link your ScubaEarth account with your preferred social media site. From the ScubaEarth homepage, click either the Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn icon. After logging in using, for example your Gmail credentials, you will be prompted to link your ScubaEarth account. From that point forward, you can sign in using your selected social media login and password.

Why PADI Standards are Important to PADI Members

All training programs share some fundamental concepts that need to be regularly considered by not only the training provider but also those conducting the training under the auspices of the training provider.

Educational Validity

A primary concept of any training program is the educational validity of that program.  It stands to reason that the educational validity of an activity that has inherent risks needs to be carefully considered, tested and documented to ensure that it adequately addresses those risks and provides a system of training that mitigates those risks as much as reasonably possible.

Legally Defendable

The system of training must provide clear documentation that the training was not only conducted in accordance to the training standards, but also contains the appropriate documentation that identifies the student diver was clearly aware of the inherent risks involved and chose to accept those risks.  Documents such as:

  1. Documentation that the actual training was an approved training program.  (WRSTC recognition, Government recognition, industry recognition, etc.)
  2. Documentation that the individual training provider was qualified to conduct that training. (PADI certification)
  3. Documentation that identifies that the training was conducted in accordance with the organizations training standards (Student Record Files)
  4. Documentation that the participant was aware of and assumed the risks inherent to the activity. (Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk)
  5. Documentation that the participant was medically fit to take part in the activity. (WRSTC Medical Declaration)

If we miss out on even one of the above five components, the student diver is subject to an increased incident of risk, both to injury and/or death.  It is also increases the members’ exposure (both individual member and dive centre) to the quality management process and to litigation.

From time to time, we receive comments from members who believe that PADI Standards are inflexible and ask why PADI Standards cannot be revised or altered to fit unusual circumstances that occasionally occur while conducting PADI courses.

To illustrate these concepts, it is worthwhile to use actual incident scenarios that we have dealt with in the past.

Please review the two scenarios by visiting the PADI Pros site. Go to Training Essentials > Regulations to find this information.

7 New Wonders of the Underwater World Contest

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PADI has launched an exciting consumer contest to name the “7 New Wonders of the Underwater World” on the PADI Facebook page.

Submissions will be gathered during the initial stage of the contest until the 29th May 2013, and a shortlist of finalists will then be chosen. A public vote will then take place from the 31st May 2013 until the 24th June 2013. The 7 New Wonders of the Underwater World will then be announced on the 3rd July 2013. There are some great consumer prizes to be won for entrants! Full details and the official rules can be viewed on the PADI Facebook page.

How can you get involved as a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop?

Simply help promote and share the contest with all your friends, fans and divers via the PADI Facebook Page or this mobile friendly link;

Importantly, you can also help promote entries from your own divers or entries that are within your region!

So spread the word to ensure your region is represented as part of the 7 New Wonders of the Underwater World Contest!

Project AWARE: Are You FINatical About Sharks? Get Swimming to End Finning

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Divedown-Below-Finathon-(13)The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. Project AWARE is looking for 100 Finathon™ champions to join the race to protect them. If you’re FINatical about sharks, join the Finathon™ today and fundraise for their protection. How many people can you get swimming to end finning?

What’s the Finathon™? Like a swimathon, fun run, cycle race or marathon – the Finathon™ is a great way to bring your community together, raise awareness and funds to support this unique cause. You can help Project AWARE:

  • Fight to stop finning
  • Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
  • Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

Why sharks? Shark fishing is largely unregulated and finning kills thousands of sharks every day. Project AWARE has recently secured unprecedented trade protections for 8 of the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays. But additional measures are needed to ensure shark survival.

Sharks will not survive by chance. They’ll survive because divers demand it. This July, we’re doing something. We’re swimming to end finning. The time has come to get FINatical about sharks.  So grab your dive buddies, create your team and dive in!

Create Your Online Fundraising Page:

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved.